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How to Properly Use Your Vampire Killing Kit

Art Project Auction Kit (New Jersey) - 2014

Small Blomberg Kit from Online Auction - 2014

Familiar Feeling Dallas Auction Kit - 2012

Pristine UK Auction Kit - 2012

ebay '200-Year-Old' Blomberg Kit - 2012

ebay Two-Layer Kit - 2012

French Attributed Antique Kit - 2011

Chair-Like Auction Kit - 2011

Bogus eBay/Gunbroker Kit - 2011

Discovery Channel "Auction Kings" Kit - 2010

Greg Martin Auctions Kit - 2010

Christie's Interiors Auction Kit - 2010

Stevens Halloween Auction Kit - 2009

Romanian Vampire Killing Kit, ca 1880

European Souvenir Kit, ca 1910

Probable German Kit, ca 1880

Early Romanian (?) Vampire Killing Kit, ca 1830

Purple eBay Vampire Killing Kit, August 2006

To be sold a month later at auction as...

Purple Kit from Garth Auction, September 2006

eBay Vampire Killing Kit, November 2006 Vampire Killing Kit, 2003 (Discredited)

Mercer Museum Vampire Killing Kit

Undocumented American Vampire Killing Kit

Surnateum Museum Kit

Kit from Stevens Auction, 2008

Kit from eBay Auction, 2003

Two Sotheby's Auction Kits, 2007

The Ripley Collection

Some claim that vampire killing kits were once common in the nineteenth centuries among travelers to Eastern Europe, particularly the Carpathians, and could be requested from the concierge desk of their hotels. This is certainly likely after 1891, when the publication of Dracula popularized the notion of vampires. Other kits very likely originated in twentieth century America and are nothing more than romantic curiosities assembled from mismatched parts. Still, there are a few that have a feeling of authenticity, relics of a more uncertain time.

Vampire legends are shared by most every culture, back to prehistory. The vampires we are most familiar with today are largely based on Eastern European legends, which may have originated in the far East, to be transported with trade caravans along the silk route to the Mediterranean. These kits, then, are an expression of the fears carried by these persistent legends.

Description of commonly stocked items comes from a kit auctioned in 2001:

A RARE ANTIQUE ENGLISH VAMPIRE KILLING KIT, the rectangular mahogany box opening to reveal a fitted interior complete with a flint lock pistol, powder horn, bullet mold, powder gauge, Holy Bible, carved mahogany silver-tipped spike, hypodermic needle, four silver bullets,a magnifying glass, silver nuggets, three bottles of Professor Blombergs "New Serum" a bottle of Holy water, a vile of Dr. Anthony's fire, a vile of Dr. Boehaave's fever powder, a vile of emetric tartar for putric fever, a vile of tincture of jalap, a vile of cardvus benedictus, a vile of Daffy's elixir for purging and a vile of flour of briviatone. NOTE: this kit obviously never used, was common in the 18th and 19th centuries among travelers to eastern Europe, particularly the Carpathians and could be requested from the conciergedesk of hotels. Comes with full instructions.

The auction market seems to produce these kits now and again. There are also fine kits in several museums, including the collection of the Navy Arms museum, the Henry Mercer Museum, and nearly every Ripleys location.

Special note must be made of Professor Ernst Blomberg and his firearms specialist Nicholas Plomdeur. Perhaps erroneously, their names and notes have been attached to many of the kits, including those considered to be forgeries. At worst, Blomberg is a contrived fantasy. As more evidence is revealed, it seems more likely he was a 19th century doctor of sciences and perhaps metaphysics, still serving as a historic lynchpin to the study of vampire killing kits.